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Planning a Great Unretirement? Three reasons to consider starting your own business

Entrepreneurial activity among this age group has nearly doubled in the UK in recent years (1). And contrary to popular belief, these older entrepreneurs could be far more likely to find success than their younger counterparts.

So if you’re thinking about ‘unretiring’ and have considered starting your own business, this could be a good time to do so. You may be better equipped than you think, and right now, you could find a host of experienced people out there ready to help you make a success of it.

Just how successful are older entrepreneurs?

  • 11.5% of founders of high-growth companies in the UK were over 50 in 2021. (2)
  • A 50-year-old founder is twice as likely as a 30-year-old founder to set up a start-up that achieves either an IPO or a successful acquisition. (3)
  • 60-year-olds are twice as likely as 30-year-olds to found a start-up that achieves ‘extreme success’ after five years, with their company reaching the top 0.1% for employment growth. (3) 



Three things to leverage if you're looking to unretire

1.      Your experience

No entrepreneurial experience? No problem. What matters more is relevant experience in the field, and lessons that can only be learned from decades of work.

Just three years of work experience in the same industry as the business you’re looking to start makes you a staggering 85% more likely to launch a highly successful start-up compared to those with no experience (4). So if you ever found yourself thinking you could do it better, it might be wise to test that theory.

But that doesn’t mean you have to stick to what you know. Maybe now’s the time to explore a passion project or engage with your community? For that, your years of experience have equipped you with a better understanding of project management, timelines, working relationships, financials, and a healthy dose of realism that younger entrepreneurs may lack.


2.     Your network

Whether your network comes from work or play, it’s a great thing to tap into when looking to start a new business. Looking for advice, experienced managers or promising customers? Look at the people you know. They might be planning their own Great Unretirement, and we’ve got insight into how you could leverage their experience as a business owner on our Business Insights Hub: How the Great Unretirement can close the skills gap.


3.      Your funding options

Having had more years to accumulate wealth, older founders are more likely to fund some or all of their start-up venture themselves – or tap into their network for support. Removing the need to find external funding or apply for loans is an appealing advantage, and it could get your big idea up and running sooner. Booking a Financial Health Check with your Premier Manager could be a good place to start.

Fees, charges and eligibility criteria could apply to any products or services you decide to take up as a result of your Financial Health Check.


Ready to start your Great Unretirement? See how our business accounts could help

Our business bank accounts are packed with tools and support that could help your business thrive. 

To apply you must be 18 or over and have the right to be self-employed in the UK. Specific account and service eligibility criteria apply.

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